How can I describe to you this heavenly creature, beautiful beast, mysterious being, that is Casa Milà? Its flowing lines, breathing walls, striking ironworks, and whimsical chimneys... When you're there, you almost believe it is a living thing, and that the walls are listening and the windows are watching. I have yet to find out if it is a gentle or cruel being. But I know it feels and dreams. It loves and hates. But what kind of lover is it?
I love this gate. Absolutely gorgeous.
Once you enter the gate.
The famous chimneys on the rooftop.
Admire the flowing lines.
A model of Casa Milà.
Casa Batlló, an older building restored by Antoni Gaudí and Josep Maria Jujol, plays yet another fantastic chord.
A light fixture at the entrance of Casa Amatller (by Josep Puig) inspires a horror movie.
Lunch break. We practiced tourists' flexibility and had tapas for lunch at a random bar near the Block of Discord. Potato omelet, sauteed mushrooms, grilled seafood in skewers, and arrozo negro (photographed). They were fantastic!
Invigorated by good lunch, we gathered enough courage to take a trip to Park Güell, another lovely whimsical creation of Gaudí.
It was originally intended to be a residential community. (People were supposed to live in those fairy-tale homes.) But the project failed and it is now a park.
What a beautiful day it was...
After some rest at the hotel, we attended a concert at Palau de la Música Catalana (by Lluís Domènech) in the evening. The concert was a complete excuse to enjoy the architecture of the concert hall. We concluded that it would have been better if we took a tour of the building offered during the day instead. Anyway, the building was marvelous. Just beautiful, exquisite, and elfian, if I may. Taking Photographs is not allowed inside, but that was announced only right before the concert, so I had the benefit of ignorance.
After the concert, we had lovely tapas dinner at Taller de Tapas in Barri Gòtic. Braised octopus with paprika, potato with scrambled eggs, chorizo in Austrian cider, grilled vegetables with anchovies, and spinach with garbanzo beans. It was absolutely lovely.
The next day, we have an early flight to catch to Lisbon.